A “Home Improvement” and “M*A*S*H” fan favorite is dead at 76

LEDYARD CENTER, CT - APRIL 10: The First Edition (origional members) Mickey Jones Performs at Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years show at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods on April 10, 2010 in Ledyard Center, Connecticut. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Actor and musician Mickey Jones — known for numerous character roles in TV and film and a musical career that yielded numerous Gold records — has died at 76 after “a long illness.”

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Jones’ agent Cherry Hepburn confirmed the death in a statement to Deadline but wouldn’t offer specifics on the complications or services. He is survived by wife Phyllis Jean Starr and their two children, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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His film credits include “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Sling Blade,” “Tin Cup,” “Total Recall” and many moreTV credits include “Justified,” “MAS*H,” “Home Improvement,” “Baywatch,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Workaholics.”

Jones was a musician long before he ever saw time on a screen according to the New York Daily News. A drummer, Mickey Jones played on tracks like “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers, “If I Had a Hammer” by Trini Lopez, and “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition.

His career of over 20 years started before he was even out of high school and led to over a dozen certified Gold records.

He’d go on to play drums for Bob Dylan, joining the singer-songwriter on his infamous 1966 tour through Europe that saw Dylan called “Judas” for playing with electric instruments in Manchester. Some fans saw the decision as an abandonment of the sound that propelled him to fame.

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